A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of Ethan the Ezrahite [C a wise man; 1 Kin. 4:31].
89 I will always sing about the Lord’s ·love [loyalty]; I will ·tell of [L make known with my mouth] his ·loyalty [faithfulness] ·from now on [for generations]. 2 I will say, “Your ·love [loyalty] ·continues [L is built] forever; your ·loyalty [faithfulness] ·goes on and on [is established] like the ·sky [heavens].” 3 You said, “I ·made an agreement [L cut a covenant/treaty] with the man of my choice; I made a promise to my servant David. 4 I told him, ‘I will ·make your family continue [L establish your seed] forever. ·Your kingdom will go on and on [L I will build your throne for generations; 2; 72; 78:70–72; 2 Sam. 7:11–16; 1 Chr. 17:10–14].’” ·Selah[Interlude]
5 Lord, the heavens praise you for your ·miracles [wonderful acts] and for your ·loyalty [faithfulness] in the ·meeting [assembly] of your holy ones. 6 Who in ·heaven [the skies] ·is equal to [ranks with] the Lord? None of the ·angels [gods; divine council/assembly; L sons of God; 82:1] is like the Lord. 7 When the ·holy ones [L council of holy ones] meet, it is God they fear. He is more ·frightening [awesome] than all who surround him. 8 Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], who is like you? Lord, you are powerful and completely ·trustworthy [faithful]. 9 You rule the ·mighty [raging; surging] sea and ·calm [still] the ·stormy [rising] waves. 10 You crushed the Rahab [C a sea monster, representing chaos (Job 26:12; Is. 51:9) and in some contexts Egypt defeated at the Sea (87:4; Is. 30:7; Ezek. 29:3; 32:3)] like a corpse; by your ·power [L strong arm] you scattered your enemies.
11 The ·skies [heavens] and the earth belong to you. You ·made [founded] the world and ·everything in it [L its fullness]. 12 You created the north and the south. Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon [C majestic mountains] sing for joy at your name. 13 Your arm has great power. Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up. 14 Your ·kingdom [L throne] is ·built [established] on ·what is right and fair [righteousness and judgment/justice]. ·Love [Loyalty] and ·truth [faithfulness] are ·in all you do [L before your face].
15 ·Happy [Blessed] are the people who know how to ·praise [shout to] you. Lord, let them ·live [L walk] in the light of your ·presence [L face]. 16 In your name they rejoice and continually ·praise [exalt] your ·goodness [righteousness]. 17 You are their ·glorious [beautiful] strength, and in your ·kindness [favor] you ·honor our king [L lift up our horn; C symbol of power and here of the king]. 18 Our shield [C the king] belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 ·Once [Then], in a vision [2 Sam. 7:4], you spoke to ·those who worship you [your faithful ones/saints]. You said, “I have ·given strength to [L set help on] a warrior; I have raised up a ·young man [chosen one] from my people [1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22]. 20 I have found my servant David; I ·appointed him by pouring [L have anointed him with] holy oil on him [1 Sam. 16:1–13]. 21 I will steady him with my hand and strengthen him with my arm. 22 No enemy will ·make him give forced payments [make him pay tribute; or prevail over/or outwit him], and wicked people will not ·defeat [afflict; humble] him. 23 I will ·crush [pound] his enemies in front of him; I will ·defeat [strike down] those who hate him. 24 My ·loyalty [faithfulness] and ·love [loyalty] will be with him. Through ·me [L my name] ·he will be strong [L his horn will be raised up; v. 17]. 25 I will ·give him power [L set his hand] over the sea ·and control [L his right hand] over the rivers [C the waters represent chaos]. 26 He will ·say [proclaim] to me, ‘You are my father, my God, the Rock, my ·Savior [Victor].’ 27 I will make him my firstborn son, the ·greatest [highest] king on earth [2:7; 2 Sam. 7:14]. 28 My ·love [loyalty] will ·watch over [keep; guard] him forever, and my ·agreement [covenant; treaty] with him will ·never end [be faithful]. 29 I will ·make his family continue [L set his seed forever], and his ·kingdom [L throne] ·will last as long as the skies [L like the days of the skies/heavens].
30 “If his descendants ·reject [leave; abandon] my ·teachings [instructions; laws] and do not ·follow [L walk in] my ·laws [judgments], 31 if they ·ignore [profane] my ·demands [statutes; ordinances; requirements] and ·disobey [L do not keep/guard] my commands, 32 then I will punish their ·sins [transgressions] with a rod and their ·wrongs [guilt] with ·a whip [lashes]. 33 But I will not ·hold back [break; invalidate] my ·love [loyalty] from ·David [L him], nor will I ·stop being loyal [L deal falsely with my faithfulness]. 34 I will not ·break [profane; violate] my ·agreement [covenant; treaty] nor ·change [alter] what ·I have said [L came out of my lips]. 35 Once and for all I have ·promised [sworn] by my holiness, I will not lie to David. 36 His ·family [L seed] will go on forever. His ·kingdom [L throne] will last before me like the sun. 37 It will ·continue [be established] forever, like the moon, like a ·dependable [reliable; faithful] witness in the sky.” ·Selah[Interlude]
38 But now you have ·refused [spurned] and rejected him. You have been angry with your ·appointed king [L anointed; v. 20]. 39 You have ·abandoned [disavowed] the ·agreement [covenant; treaty] with your servant and ·thrown [profaned; defiled] his crown ·to [or in] the ground [Jer. 13:18–19]. 40 You have ·torn down [broken up] all his city walls; you have turned his strong cities into ruins. 41 Everyone who passes by ·steals from [plunders] him. ·His neighbors insult him [L He is scorned by/a reproach to his neighbors]. 42 You have ·given strength of [L exalted the right hand of] his ·enemies [foes] and have made ·them all [L all his enemies] happy. 43 You have ·made his sword useless [turned back the blade/L rock of his sword]; you did not help him stand in battle. 44 You have ·kept him from winning [or put aside his purity] and have thrown his throne to the ground. 45 You have cut ·his life [L the days of his youth] short and ·covered [wrapped] him with shame. ·Selah[Interlude]
46 Lord, how long will this go on? Will you ·ignore [hide from] us forever? How long will your anger burn like a fire? 47 Remember how ·short [fleeting] my life is. Why did you create us? For ·nothing [futility; vanity; no purpose]? 48 What person alive will not ·die [L see death]? Who can escape ·the grave [L from the hand/power of Sheol; C the grave or the underworld]? ·Selah[Interlude]
49 Lord, where is your ·love [loyalty] from times past, which in your ·loyalty [faithfulness] you ·promised [swore] to David [2 Sam. 7:11–14]? 50 Lord, remember ·how they insulted [L the reproach/scorn of] your servant; remember how I ·have suffered the insults of the nations [L carry in my bosom all of the many peoples]. 51 Lord, remember how your enemies ·insulted [reproached; scorned] you and how they ·insulted [reproached; scorned] ·your appointed king wherever he went [L the footsteps of your anointed; v. 20]. 52 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord forever!
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